Maine DOE Update – June 9, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

Estimated release dates of 2015-16 assessment data

The Maine Department of Education is negotiating a contract with vendor FocalPointK12 to deliver the 2015-16 assessment results via an online reporting system. The Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) is expected to be launched in the coming months and will provide both public and confidential access to data, replacing Measured Progress’ iServices portal.

To keep educators and the public informed, the Department has developed an expected timeline of release for the various assessments conducted during the 2015-16 school year. Although the timing for much of the data is later than desired, it is anticipated that the 2016-17 data will be released much earlier since Maine’s assessment and reporting systems will not undergo major changes in 2016-17.

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Maine contracts with Edupoint to replace State-level student information data system

The Department has entered into a two year contract with Edupoint Educational Systems, LLC to provide a State Level Student Information and Reporting System (SSIRS). | More

Regional training for ESEA Coordinators and Business Managers

The Maine DOE is providing regional training for Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Coordinators and Business Managers this summer. | More

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In order that accurate student and staff data is reported to the Department, it is important that the appropriate staff attend one (or more) data training sessions. | More

Certification requirements for special education teachers update

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Public Charter School applications open through June 14

The Maine Charter School issued the following Request for Proposal last week. | More

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Schools, Pests, and Pesticides: What superintendents need to know

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MIYHS results at use in Maine schools

The 2015 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) results show students are combating social norms. | More

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Armed with iPads and laptops, middle and high school students from more than 50 Maine schools descended on the UMaine campus in Orono last month. | More

Summer food service program kicks off this month

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Positive school climate topic of upcoming conference

The Maine Event: National Conference on Positive School Climate at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland will be held on June 23-24. | More

Schools in RSU 17 recognized with prestigious award

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Maine CTE leaders recognized

Maine Career and Technical Education instructors and an administrator were honored by the regional Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). | More

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The Maine Music Educators Association has named its 2016 Music Educator of the Year. | More

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Last month, students from four Career and Technical Centers competed at the Professional Drivers Championship. | More

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